Sunday, December 20, 2015

Magpie Digital Oil Portrait

Magpie Oil Painting by Veronica Kosowski

Just started a new digital oil painting of Magpie!  Here's an in-progress look at a portion of the painting.

I generally start my paintings with a pencil drawing like the one below.  That way I have a good map for the painting and have already figured out the structure of the image.  The more detailed the drawing the better usually, but in this case I started with a looser drawing as I just couldn't wait to start painting.  I'll probably do some background studies tomorrow before I get too underway with color.

The paint streaks in the top corner are a section of my palette for this piece.  Even though it's so easy to color pick in Photoshop, I still like to keep a "physical" palette on my canvas to help guide my color choices while painting.  It lets me stay focused, especially when aiming for a limited palette.  I guess it's my traditional painting background showing!

Magpie Drawing by Veronica Kosowski

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

William-Adolphe Bouguereau Master Study

Bouguereau Master Study painting by Veronica Kosowski

Some of the best teachers I ever had were the master painters.  Back in college I got introduced to the idea of master studies, and I've always liked them as a way to learn painting techniques and strategies from the great artists.

I want to get back into doing them regularly.  My goal is to do one a week, one a month if I get too busy.  I started building the habit with William-Adolphe Bouguereau.  I love the way this guy painted skin, and the delicate glow that emanates from his subjects, which is what I focused on for this exercise.


A member of the DeviantArt community let me know that this is apparently not a Bouguereau.  It's a painting in a similar style posted by contemporary artist Alexander T. Scaramanga who can be found on his DA page here.

I found this painting on Pinterest where it had been mislabeled as Bouguereau.  Apparently enough people have been mistaken by it being mislabeled that you can find it all over the internet attributed to the wrong artist.

Regardless, it's a beautiful painting that I think still deserves the title of a master work!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Magpie and the Mask Maker Stuff

Mask Maker Tree Spirit drawing by Veronica Kosowski

Magpie and the Mask Maker sketches by Veronica Kosowski

Hi friends!  It's been a while, but I've got a very good reason as to why.  I had the awesome opportunity to go to CTN expo a couple weeks back!  (Warning: overuse of exclamation marks is imminent.)

For those not familiar with the convention you can find more information about it here.  Basically it's an animation expo/ networking event where a ton of super awesome artists from the industry gather to show their work, give lectures and workshops, and give advice to young hopefuls looking to break in (that's me!).  

This was my first year going, so I was a little nervous at first.  I'd heard such great things about it from Chris Oatley and my friends at Oatley Academy, so I knew this year I wanted to take the plunge and experience it myself.  I'm happy to say it was one of the best moments of my life! 

Everyone was so warm and kind, and I met so many amazing artists both who I knew previously from online and who I just met at the expo.  I got so many great portfolio reviews from artists who were kind enough to take the time to look over my work.  The mind-blowing feedback I got from all of them has given me an even better direction for my art and tons of stuff to work on in the upcoming months.  I'm immensely grateful, humbled, and insanely inspired all at the same time!

I'll definitely be going to CTN again next year, and I highly recommend it to anyone who's even remotely interested in making a career in the arts.  If you've got any questions for me about CTN feel free to comment or shoot me an email!  I'll be happy to respond.  :)

In other news, here's two new pages of drawings for Magpie and the Mask Maker.  I've been working on revamping the Mask Maker's design to reflect his magical role in the story.  I'm also really happy with how the top drawing of the Mask Maker and a tree spirit turned out.  Can't wait to take it to color!

CTN has inspired me to work even harder than before on finishing this project and finally getting it out there.  I feel like I've already got a jumpstart on 2016, and I'm really excited for what next year will bring!